Isight camera not functioning


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 15, 2012
I just bought a new macbookpro retina and i updated it to mountain lion os x but this update broke my camera. any help would be appreciated. the camera works sometimes as if it has a cooling down time but most of the time it looks like the picture i attached. thanks anyways for any help.



macrumors newbie
Aug 8, 2007
Same Problem Here!

Did clean install of Mountain Lion on 2009 MBP. Any app associated with iSight will not open. Facetime and Photobooth both show rainbow lines after 5 seconds. Brought to Apple Store, and they said it was software related. They did another clean install which worked fine in store but when I got home, the problem came back :(


macrumors newbie
Feb 13, 2012
2012 13" MBA Has Same Problem

I had the same problem with my 2012 13" MBA. I noticed it after upgrading to Mountain Lion a few days ago. I took a couple of pictures for evidence, then I restarted and the camera worked.

I'm a little concerned that it's going to be a reoccurring issue. At this point with it working, is there any reason to go to a genius bar or contact Apple?